NY Commercial Courts Update Rule To Time Trials Better

By Jack Newsham (March 31, 2017, 7:44 PM EDT) -- The Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Courts has updated its rule on trial length, to let judges query counsel on how long they plan to spend on examinations and arguments and reduce or extend trial time as the judges see fit.

The update, first proposed in October, to the division's Rule 26 will go into effect July 1, according to an order by court administrators. The update gives judges discretion to ask parties to break down the total hours they plan to spend interviewing witnesses and arguing, and is meant to spur lawyers to be more efficient with their...

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